Perrysburg’s Johnson leads Lourdes to 3-0 start

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Perrysburg graduate NIck Johnson, a redshirt senior midfielder, is a big reason why the Lourdes University mens lacrosse team started the season 3-0.

Lourdes closed out its spring trip undefeated on Friday afternoon as the Gray Wolves defeated Montreat 15-9 at Pulliam Stadiu.

Brock Meomartino (Cumberland, R.I.) and Johnson each scored four times and added an assist while Ben Reidy (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) had a four-point game with two goals and two assists.

The two sides were tied at three after the opening quarter before Lourdes took a 5-4 lead into halftime. After the Cavaliers tied the game 14 seconds into the second half, the Gray Wolves scored the next four goals to take the lead for good. A 6-1 run spanning the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth put the game out of reach for Lourdes.

Jack Durham (Zeeland, Mich./East) picked up a team-high 12 ground balls on the afternoon while Jack Bichsel (Westerville North) made five saves in the cage.

Lourdes returns to action on Monday, March 20, as the Gray Wolves host SCAD-Savannah for the team’s home opener. The opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium.

Lourdes registered its second straight victory on Thursday afternoon, as the Gray Wolves defeated Point 13-4 in a neutral site contest played at Pulliam Stadium.

The Gray Wolves started fast, scoring three times in the first seven minutes, including a pair of goals by Meomartino. The Gray Wolves increased the lead to 5-1 after the opening quarter before taking a 7-1 lead into halftime.

Caden Louthan (Dripping Springs, Texas) scored the lone goal of the third quarter before Reidy pushed the advantage to 9-1 early in the fourth. The two schools then combined for seven goals in the final 5:12 of the game.

Meomartino finished with four goals while Reidy, Jake Busta (Carlsbad, Calif.), Johnson, and Tomasz Simeunovic (Whitby, Ont./The Hill Academy) tallied two goals each.

Noah Loth (Fort Worth, Texas) won seven of the nine faceoffs he took and Bichsel made 17 saves in goal while picking up 11 ground balls.